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Name Harold Nicholson
Nick Name  
Last Known Address Inverness Street, Fulwell, Sunderland
Family Circumstances Married to Mary Elizabeth Bruce.

Unit of Service 160th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.         Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Number and Rank L /12557 & 671686 Driver.                                      
Date & Place of Death 1974 Sunderland
Grave Location
(if known)
Where Commemorated
(if known)




Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.

Harold served on the Western Front. He saw service at the Battles of The Somme, Arras, and Passchendaele.

Harold was awarded the Following Medals:

                        The British War Medal                                                   The Victory Medal




Other general information. online links, images etc.

Harold was born at 151 Marshall Wallace Road in South Shields on 20th January 1899.

His father was Isaac Nicholson, His Mother was Annie Louisa Nicholson (nee Coley), Their children were  Isaac Sidney, Harold, Lilla, and John.

Harold was a good footballer and played in the Houghton and District Football League. He played for Silksworth Colliery FC and they were winners of Division 1 in 1915 to 1916.

He had also been awarded Football Caps and had trials for Tottenam Hotspur where he could have started a footballing career, Unfortunately at the outbreak of WW1. Harold decided to lie about his age so he could enlist and follow his older brother Isaac Sidney Nicholson into the army thus turning his back on a football career. Harold joined the 160th Wearside Brigade.

Harold's brother Isaac was in the Rifle Brigade, (Service Number B/203045). Isaac went missing on 15th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

You can access Isaacs entry by clicking the link below:

Isaac Nicholson


Upon transfer to the Reserve Harold's professsion prior to joining up is listed as a Blacksmith.

After the war Harold aged 21 married Mary Elizabeth Bruce aged 20 on 19th February 1920 at the Parish Church of St Columba in Southwick in the precence of John Nicholson his brother, Florence May Brewer and the fathers Isaac Nicholson, and John Rae Bruce.

Below is a link which shows the 160th Brigade's service during WW1.

160th Brigade



Below is Harolds Birth Certificate:


The 1911 Census shows Harold with his Parents, Brothers and his Grandfather living in Inverness Street.

1911 Census Summary.


Harold Nicholson

Age in 1911:


Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1899

Relation to Head:




Birth Place:

South Shields

Civil Parish:


Street address:

44 Inverness St Sunderland



Household Members:



Isaac Nicholson


Annie Lousia Nicholson


Isaac Sydney Nicholson


John Nicholson


Harold Nicholson


Joseph Coley




Harold's Fooball Medal. For Silksworth Colliery as Division 1 Champions 1915 -1916.







Above Silksworth Colliery FC Divison 1 Champions 1915 / 1916.


Below is Harold in Uniform.

Above: Harold in Uniform with his colleagues.


Above: Harold Mounted on Horse.


Above:   A RFA Battery.  It is believed Harold was part of the picture


Below are the Medal Rolls showing Harolds Medal entitlement.



Below : Harold's Certificate of transfer to the Reserve upon discharge.


Below is Harolds Certificate of Employment showing his service.


Harolds Demobilisation account which is given upon discharge.


Below is the Volunteer Reserve notification for the RAF in WW2.













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